Guides to Wyoming food producers and local food groups are now available through the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service.
"This project was developed in response to a need for research-based information and education related to local foods," explains Kentz Willis, extension nutrition and food safety educator in Sheridan County.
"The guides will not only help residents find wholesome local food producers, but also show how to safely prepare or preserve those foods."
The Wyoming Local Foods Guide website is available at www.uwyo.edu/ces and by clicking on the Eat Wyoming link on the right side of the page.
Users can search by county for local producers, community gardens farmers' markets, out-of-state producers, local foods groups and more.
Links include food preservation and storage, food safety, recipes, regional resources and contact information.
"This website has a great searchable database and some really useful features, like a map view of the producer location," says Willis. "A comprehensive glossary will help users better evaluate many of the claims – organic, natural, grass-fed, for example – made about foods."
Free print versions of the bulletin are available at county extension offices in Wyoming.
The project, funded by the UW Extension Service, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Program, and UW School of Energy Resources, was made possible with the help of Jennifer Jacobson, a Teton County nutrition and food safety educator, and Suzy Pelican, a nutrition specialist with the Extension.
"This project seeks to enhance and expand existing relationships among local food producers and consumers in Wyoming primarily through increased consumer knowledge about the benefits, safety and availability of locally produced foods," says Willis.
The broader Eat Wyoming project includes Wyoming Local Food Expos, which are educational and networking opportunities for local foods producers and consumers. Expos were held earlier this year in Sheridan and Pinedale, Wyo.